We held a Hajj Day at the Children’s Islamic Library!
Children 10 and under were invited to take part in a Hajj Simulation on Wednesday 30th August, 2017. They went through different stations as detailed below:
1. NIYYAH STATION:
Aim: To make them understand the effect of the RIGHT Niyyah – Those that hope to get closer to Allah SWT by doing the RIGHT NIYYAH will find it easy to find their way to the RIGHT direction.
– Magnetise needle in a circle motion
– Place magnetised needle on a piece of paper floating on water (in a bowl)
– The needle will spin until it aligns in the direction of the compass
– Now place non-magnetic material – this will not necessarily face the compass direction
Aim: Emphasise that Arafaah is all about contemplation and ask for forgiveness.
– Ask them to write two bad deeds on the white board.
– Spraying water is like reflecting on the act – it starts to do something but doesn’t totally get rid of it
– With Istaghfar insh Allah will forgive that action
Aim: To prepare our pebbles for Jamaraat and rest under the beautiful night sky. admire Allah’s beautiful creation – The night sky filled with stars and prepare for Jamaraat (pelting the devil).
– Write down 3 (or more) bad deeds on the pieces of papers
– Scrunch up and make it into a pebble to use to pelt at Jamaraat
Aim: Think of our actions and pelt away the whisperings of Shaytaan from inside and outside.
– Get them to throw their pebbles at the Jamaraats
Aim: To give up an action that is not so good so we can get closer to Allah and make Him happy
Remind story of P.Ibrahim sacrificing P.Ismaeel
– They write one (not so good) thing they’ll try to give up for Allah’s pleasure and stick it on the sheep prop.
– Little ones can just stick cotton wool
Aim: Thinking of our days of the week and making Allah central to everything we do
– Do tawaaf around the Kaaba!
7. MAQAM IBRAHIM
Aim: Show Maqam Ibrahim and tell them about P.Ibrahim’s footsteps imprinted on the ground when he stood after building the H.Kaaba. After Tawaaf we pray 2 rakaat Salaah behind Maqam Ibrahim.
– Go through actions of a 2 rakaat salaah.
8. SAEE – SAFA TO MARWA
Aim: To understand that we need to constantly strive in Allah’s way and not give up hope just like B.Hajra!
– Do Sa’ee!
Aim: To get to know other people who also love Allah so much and realise how we are not alone, there are millions of others who are also striving to get to closer to Allah SWT!
– Time to socialise and enjoy!
Alhamdulillah, the children loved learning about the Hajj through this interactive way! There was also a story on Hajj to wrap up the day J
This is SUCH a good idea! We tried it at home over the first 10 days of Zilhajj (leading to Eid-ul-Adha) and the kids loved it 🙂
Take a box or basket, and every day over the 10 days of Zilhajj, add an item to it. Then donate these items to a foodbank! A great way to do good during these precious days!
Why not spread some love and reach out to neighbours and those who help in the community this Eid! There’s nothing like a box of chocs and a card (Buzz one of course :)) to spread our appreciation and love to those around us!
In case you haven’t seen that post, on Eid-ul-Fitr we went to the police, the library, the fire station and the Doctor’s – and left a little something for the postman too!
Idea Number 8:
Have a Party!! Small party or big party, Eid is as good a reason as anything to have a little celebration isn’t it? Even if it’s just the family 🙂
Inspired by the videos below (must watch!), do a random act of kindness on Eid day! Tie a balloon on someone’s door, pay for the next person’s coffee, leave a smiley picture for the next customer at the shops… And why not anonymously leave an Eid card for your recipient as well, to let them know your act was inspired by Eid?!
Read some good BOOKS on Eid-ul-Adha!
I’m not talking about the common textbook – there are some awesome Eid picture books and stories out there, which can be a perfect accompaniment to a presentation, or just for your bedtime story and cuddle with your little one.
Check out some of the titles below:
- The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin Uddin
- Peg and Cat – The Eid Al-Adha Adventure by Jennifer Oxley
- Going to Mecca by Na’ima B. Robert
- Little Batul’s Eid Celebration: the Most Pleasant Festival of Sacrifice by Munise Ulker
- Yippee! It’s Eid-UL-Adha by Farjana Khan
- The Lost Ring – An Eid Story by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
- Husna and the Eid Party – An Eid Story by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
- Three Muslim Festivals by Ibrahim Ali Aminah
- Hajj by Saniyasnain Khan
- Eid Al-Adha by Shalini Vallepur
- Zaahir and Jamel the Came – Hajj by Amatullah al Marwani.A rhyming reader based on story of a young Muslim boy who goes for Hajj.
- The Builder of the Kabah by Saniyasnain Khan. The story of how Prophet Ibrahim(a) built the Kabah.
MAKE A KAABA! Grab a box, some black paint or paper, and get creating! (Check out the link for an idea on how to do this.)
This can be a perfect tool for teaching them the difference between this Eid and Eid-ul-Fitr, going through visually the steps of Hajj, or just as a decoration in the living room :).
There are many tutorials on the internet if you’re stuck – just have a look and then get going!
Whether you’re going in or not to give a talk, let your child GIVE OUT EID CARDS to the class! The Buzz Kidzz Cardzz were especially created for this – to give Muslim children an alternative to the Christmas cards that are exchanged every year.
Small, funky and colourful, the Kidzz Cardzz come in packs of 10 – check them out here.
And don’t forget the staff! This year, instead of giving teachers a present at Christmas like everyone else, why not give them something at Eid instead? The receptionists/caretaker/head often get forgotten too…why not grab a box of chocolates and give it to them this Eid?
Small gestures like these go a long way in building good relationships with the people who are taking care of your children 🙂 Our range of contemporary Cardzz are perfect to accompany any gifts/chocolates you decide to give, or even just on their own!